I know I didn’t blog yesterday, but nothing really happened. We just ran errands, boys looked at a job and I gave a person a jump. Oh yea, I BBQ two brisket yesterday for our church picnic.
The diet went fine. We had pizza with cauliflower crust. I do like that.
The picnic was fun and it was a nice day. It was a lot of fun laughing and joking with friends on a beautiful day in Alaska. We had tons of food. I think the brisket went over good.
I tried sticking to my diet. I ate meat, salad and some fruit. There was so many good-looking desserts I to ignore which I did, but there was one of Zoey’s gluten-free cakes which are always so good. I had a small piece of that and a small piece of chocolate.
Tomorrow will be the day of truth. I will see if I lost weight. Stay tuned to find out!
Well today I went out to help Dan to pick up their 17′ travel trailer. They were supposed to pick it up yesterday but they didn’t have the stuff it get the van ready, so they asked if they had the stuff to get the truck ready. They said yes and to bring the truck in today. Then since that was only going to take an hour and half we could drop the van off when it was done. It had to be fixed at another shop and they would fix it tomorrow. This means the kids could still go camping this weekend. This was our plan for the day.
Now what happened today went a little different. I drove out to Eagle River where Heather and Dan live. I watched the girls while Dan worked on truck. I got there at 10. While I played with the girls Dan got the hitch put back on the truck, I am not just talking about the ball.
Next we loaded the girls in the van around 12:30 to drop the truck off. I drove my old van to town while Dan drove his truck.
We dropped the truck off and figured we would go to lunch. After lunch we still didn’t hear from ABC RV, so decided to go garage selling. Grandma needed toys for the girls when they were at her house. I only found one toy. It was a wooden logging truck. What little girl wouldn’t want a logging truck.
Dan and I found a toy for us but Heather said no. It was Unimog. I didn’t no what it was but I thought it looked really cool. I wanted to drive it. I used to love to drive our skidder.
Anyway now it is 5 and the girls were hungry, so we headed back to check on the truck. They still didn’t have the truck ready. We got the girls feed but still haven’t got the van dropped off. I told Dan that we would do it tomorrow for them, so they could still go camping. Finally they said it was ready. I took the van to our place and Dan came to pick me up, so I could get my car at their place. When I got home Dan called to say the truck still wasn’t ready but would be soon. He finally made it with trailer in tow.
Dan and Dusty went to put the car seats in the back seat. Now his truck is a 1987 and if you can remember how small the backseats are in them. They had to move the seat all the way up and still couldn’t quite get the back of the seat all the way back. Then you put a 6’2 man behind the steering wheel and it is pretty funny. Dan looks like he is driving some little car with his knees under his chin.
We arrive at their house and I go in to talk with Heather. Dan walks in and tells her you need to see something. He shows her how close the seat is to the steering wheel and her reply was you want me to drive. With her only being 5′, we don’t really think she is that tall, she thought the seat looked just right. We headed home leaving them to pack their trailer and head out. I am not sure who drove.
As for our 5th day of Keto it went good. Had a shake for breakfast and at lunch I ate brisket, collard green, and coleslaw. That was my first time eating out and it was easy to find food I could eat.
I came home and what I had planned to cook was Beef Storganof with cabbage instead of noodles. It was supposed to be cooked in the slow cooker which I had forgot. When I get home I was trying to figure out what to cook. Then I think why can’t I cook it in my express pot. Well I found out I could.
Today was a good day. I couldn’t stand it, so I had to weigh. I have lost some weight so I am happy. David came home from working and took a shower. When he came out he told me that he lost some weight. This is really encouraging.
Well any way about the title. The receptionist at my chiropractor found out that my insurance would pay for a massage because it is part of my physical therapy. Also since I have reached my out of pocket I didn’t have to pay anything. Well I said, “Of course, I will have a massage!” It was this morning before I got my neck cracked. My neck is finally getting better since I am sleeping in my bed and not traveling.
Day 4 of our life change. David had to work today, so I sent him with water bottles and leftover meatloaf that was in the freezer. He said he just ate one slice. I really think he needs to eat more. I had a shake for breakfast and lunch. I also have been having the last of the coffee in the pot with ice and almond or cashew milk. It has been a nice with the hot weather.
For supper I fixed hot wings. I had cooked the wings last night while I fixed our supper. Then today I made a sauce and put them in a gallon baggy with the sauce. I stuck them in the fridge for later. I was going to make a spinach salad but if it has been in the freezer it just welts when it thaws. I sautéed them in butter with pecans. We then put a vinaigrette on it and that was really nice.
Today was Thursday, so we go to Midnight Sun Brewery where David volunteers with the tour. This is supposed to be our one day with a beer. I did stick to my one beer but David had two. He doesn’t need to get in shape as bad as I do, so I don’t think it will hurt him.
I do have to seem to have more energy. When I got home from the chiropractor I decided to tackle the kitchen. I had bought some OXO container to start putting my different flours and other things in. I was Ketoing, is that even a work if not it should be, my kitchen. I even got the stove cleaned.
Baby steps but I am getting our new life changed organized in my kitchen. It will make it a lot easier now I think.
Well sorry but it was Wednesday which means I had the twins. Katharine is the bigger one and Rebecca is the younger one by 28 minutes. They were 7 weeks early but only had to stay in the hospital for a month. Anyway we are quite the proud grandparents. Of course, we have many others too. These two are our 11th and 12th.
Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Anyway back to the diet. As I said earlier I had an early doctor’s appointment. We did not eat until we got home, so I just made us some protein shakes. The boys took off to a job and I started getting ready for the twins.
For lunch I had a Skyr, which is Iceland’s idea of yogurt, which is really good. I had some pork rinds too. Supper was a hamburger patty with bacon and cheese. Broccoli fried in bacon grease along with more bacon. It was a nice quick dinner.
I have been staying under on the calories but having a little more trouble with the other things. I haven’t been getting all the fat that I can have. I have been kind of bouncing back and forth on the protein. I was trying to stay at 25 carbs but I always seem to go over but have managed to stay under the 50 carbs. I think it is easy trying to keep track of all this. So far I have been doing fine on the new life style.
I didn’t get this written last night because I was too tired. We ran a ton of errands and I went with David and Dusty to look at some jobs. We chased down the original owner of the truck Dusty, my youngest child, and finally got it in his name. Hurray!
Back to the diet. We had a really good breakfast, who would ever think of baking an egg in an avocado. You should give it a try because it was great with a little cheese on top.
We dropped the groceries off. Yes, I am really getting things in house that we can eat. I also had to buy the briskets I am going to BBQ for the church picnic. I then made a protein shake to fill the empty whole in my stomach. It was wasn’t bad at all.
We had to go out to the valley, Wasilla to be exact, to look at a job. After leaving David says let’s go to one of the breweries out here. I am thinking, oh no our second day on our diet and we are already screwing up. Actually we hadn’t eaten that many carbs yet, so I thought we might be ok as I gulped down my beer with a guilty feeling.
We went to the Last Frontier Brewing company. We had been there before and I had enjoyed it then too. We had a very nice brew. We could tell it was where the locals hung out. You can check them out here.
We got home and I fixed stuffed chicken thighs. They were stuffed with cream cheese, spinach and bacon. They were very tasty. We had a chopped salad I had bought at the store. All in all I didn’t think we did too bad.
Right now I am waiting at the doctor’s office to get my A1C results. I did loose a little weight already though. That makes me feel great about my new life change. A1C is down to 6.3. I have to come back in 3 months to see if I can drop down on Metformin or come off all together. He also said people have had good results on the Keto diet.
Day one of the new life style has gone good. We had ham and egg cups for breakfast with some salsa that was tasty. Later I got hungry and made a strawberry and spinach smoothie. I think I could have put more strawberries in it to make it taste a little better. I wish our ice in the door worked so we could have crushed ice. That would make it easier.
I do think I got quite a bit done today. I started on the article about Girdwood Brewery. I got our dining room table cleaned off. Turned the table the other direction and mopped the floor. Found my counters in the kitchen once again. Then I got all our clothes put away.
I made some kale chips which we all enjoyed before dinner. Supper was pizza with cauliflower crust. I was not sure what I was going to think of the crust but it was really good. I baked the crust first. I made a pizza sauce with some tomato paste, garlic and Italian seasonings. It wasn’t too bad. I put the sauce, salami and mozzarella cheese on the pizza. Then stuck in under the broiler for the cheese to melt. David and I both enjoyed it.
If I feel I need something later I will make a shake.
I didn’t mind the first day but we will see how I feel in a few days.
I have decided that we really need to do something about our weight. Actually, I don’t think David needs to lose as much as I do. I would love to weigh what he does. Also, our A1C has just stayed steady at 7.4 and it should be below 7. We have been kind of sticking to the low carb diet but I just have been slipping a lot lately. I would like to get it down where we don’t even need to take our pills for it. I had mine down to 5.7 and got off all my pills. Then when I had all my surgeries the last 2 years it went up again and now I am on twice as much. David has been on the same amount for a long time.
Today is going to be the beginning of a new life style. I have done a lot of research on different diets and decided this is the best for us. I have bought the food we need, downloaded several cookbooks on kindle and have got the right mind-set. Like they say at our church, “Change your thinking, change your life” that is what I am following now.
I will keep everyone posted on how the new life change is working for us. I will post how I am feeling and how it is working for us.
Wish us luck and anyone out there that is on the diet that can give us any help I would appreciate it.